Maharashtra’s Neral-Matheran toy train used to be a spectacular thrill that, unfortunately, closed down after getting derailed last year. But now, according to reports, the Neral-Matheran toy train ride is going to be back soon.
Reportedly, Central Railway’s Matheran Hill Railway toy train is scheduled to start running once more before the summer vacation, and the government is striving to repair the route that was ravaged by rain before April. However, the construction work of the route would be a challenging process due to the lack of road access. It will cost about INR 6 crores to finish the construction work. On the other hand, train service from Matheran to Aman lodge should be ready for operations before Christmas.
Matheran, a splendid getaway from the bustling city of Mumbai is what dreams are made of. The toy train ride is definitely a highlight of this region, providing unparalleled views of the hills that surround the region. The entire trip takes two hours to complete, and covers a distance of 21 km between Neral and Matheran, cutting through forests of the Western Ghats. There are three stations in between, namely, Jummapatti, Waterpipe, and Aman Lodge, and then the ride ends at Matheran.
The track has always faced immense problems during monsoon seasons, facing the risk of landslides. This is the reason why it was closed until the 1980s. The risk of landslides is great here. Eventually, the track began to remain open all throughout the year and is being run by the Central Railways.